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Does anyone know how to open a Windows 8 VDHX Image file from a Windows 7 machine?

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Does anyone know how to open a Windows 8 VDHX Image file from a Windows 7 machine?

ATLANTISDELTA
I purchased a Windows 8 machine and created a VDHX restore image file. It was copied to an external USB drive. The Windows 8 machine had problems and had to be returned. I am running Windows 7 currently and MUST open that VDHX WIN8 image file or I am screwed. There is critical client data in the image file. I suppose I can create a partition on WIN7 box and dual boot my machine, but would rather not. Win7 box is badly fraggged all over and will take forever just to defrag and be able to create another boot partition.

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ATLANTISDELTA
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Fast. Do you think thats the only way?

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NickNielsen Moderator
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Download and install Virtualbox from https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads. Once you've installed it, create a Win8 machine inside it and see if you can restore the image file to that machine.

If your hard drive is that badly fragmented, run a defrag overnight and install the VM in the morning.

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ATLANTISDELTA
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Thx, I have VMWARE and VirtualBox seems to be similiar. I am worried that VirtualBox and VMWARE will not recognize Win8 Image file VDHX. I've tried mounting with MagicISO and Clone drive with no luck. I guess I will just dual boot if Virtualbox won't recognize image file from WIN8.

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ATLANTISDELTA
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Going to give the following a try with VirtualBox 4.2.0. This version changelog is supposed to have ReadOnly support for VHDX files. Not sure if I can simply look at it or change attributes and make it work for me.
VirtualBox 4.2.0 (released 2012-09-13)
Storage: added readonly support for VHDX images

https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Changelog

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Rick Sos
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I'm not an expert but I would just plug it into a machine that's running a Linux OS.
Or maybe use a live Linux CD to snoop out what you need. Works great.